Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey is director of an ecological think-tank, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and Coordinator of Oilwatch International. He chairs the Board of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria, an organization he co-founded and led as executive director from 1993-2013.

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Monday, September 23, 2019
Want Real Climate Ambition? Keep Polluting Industries Out and Make Them Pay.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres has convened a climate summit this week, which he hopes will spur ambitious action by countries around the world. While the summit has laudably galvanized people, organizations, and governments globally to gather in New York City, unfortunately, Secretary-...
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The classrooms of universities and multiversities, are concentrated arenas of learning that offer special opportunities to raise students and intellectuals to speak up for the poor, for Mother Earth and her children. (Photo: Nnimmo Bassey) Views
Friday, July 26, 2019
We Must Wake the World From Slumber to Tackle the Existential Crises of Our Days
Remarks delivered by the author upon receiving an honorary degree at the University of York graduation ceremony on 19 July 2019. The Classroom of life has no graduation. Life offers classrooms without walls. Increasingly we are seeing these learning spaces to be the streets. They remain enclosed by...
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 ‘We are the people who happen to be alive at the moment when our choices will determine the future for thousands of years’. (Photo: Stéphane Mahé/Reuters)  Views
Friday, May 24, 2019
We’re Stepping Up—Join Us For a Day to Halt This Climate Crisis
On 20 September, at the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re walking out of our workplaces and homes to spend the day demanding action on the climate crisis, the greatest existential threat that all of us face. It’s a one-day climate strike, if...
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
System Change Will Not Be Negotiated
We frequently hear calls for system change, at public mobilisations, in conference halls and even in negotiation halls. The calls come as slogans, they come in anger and they come as a strong rebuke to the systemic scaffold on which our pains, our exploitation and the denial of our voices and...
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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Halting Intentional Climate Inaction
If you keep going in the same direction, you will inevitably end up at where you are going. – Chinese proverb The climate paradox is that while governments agree that it is an imminent crisis, they are unwilling to act in a manner that shows that they assimilate this truth. Indeed, climate...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Leave the Carbon in the Ground: An Open Letter to Governments and Their Negotiators
2012 saw the shocking melt of the Arctic, leading our greatest climatologist to declare a 'planetary emergency,' and it saw weather patterns wreck harvests around the world, raising food prices by 40% and causing family emergencies in poor households throughout the world. That's what happens with 0.8ºC of global warming.
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